My wife and I were introduced to Rick from a referral. After a couple meetings with him, we quickly discovered Rick is in an elite class of builders (even class of his own) given his attention to detail, wealth of experience and most unique a heart for those around him (homeowner, subs, suppliers and staff). As a result, our bidding process was short lived and quickly turned into how are we going to convince someone of Rick’s talent to take on our project.
Before drafting plans, my wife and I spent weekends driving around Baton Rouge, studying various homes for ideas to work into our own home. We ultimately were drawn to four homes that seemed to stand on their own or have that special feel every time we drove by them. During a meeting with Rick, I referenced a feature on one of the homes as an example of what the architect was attempting to capture in our plans. Rick quickly smiled, pulled out a picture and said “are you talking about this house” as it was one that he had constructed. Later that night, completely obsessed with the idea that we may have an opportunity to work with the builder who constructed one of our favorite homes, we went to the PCG website to see what other homes Rick had constructed. This reaffirmed we had truly met someone special as Rick constructed two (Highland Rd and University Club homes) of the four houses in Baton Rouge we’d come to admire.
For most individuals, building a home is a major investment of time, money and effort. I would not want anyone else responsible for managing such resources than Rick. Choosing Rick as your builder will be a very safe decision for all the following reasons and more:
Unsurpassed dreams. Rick’s passion for his profession motivates his team to work together to achieve a final product beyond ordinary standards. He controls the process well and manages details with the best of builders I’ve come to know over the years. During the drafting stage, my wife and I developed a schedule outlining room-by-room features we wanted to work into the new house. Some of the builders in the bidding process viewed this schedule as time consuming and difficult to manage high expectations. In contrast, Rick was genuinely excited about the details as he saw an opportunity to personalize the house to our dreams
Complete team. Rick’s energy and love for his work is contagious to all parties involved in the project. His network of suppliers and subs work with a common pride and ownership in their work. There is an unspoken expectation that all work must be done with utmost precision, and if not, then done again to Rick’s standard. From beginning to end, Rick is his own toughest critic. His high expectation not only delivers quality, but also makes for an efficient process as things are done correctly the first time
Fluid communication. Rick is always accessible and tailors his communication style to you (meeting in person, e-mail, cell phone, office phone…whatever works best for your personality and schedule). Soon after beginning the building process, my wife and I learned we were expecting a new baby. Throughout the pregnancy, we ran unpredictable hours and would e-mail Rick early in the morning and other times late at night. He was always timely and energetic in his response. I also vividly recall a Saturday morning brainstorming with my wife on the latest idea for the house. After finishing, we checked our e-mail before leaving to run errands and Rick had sent us a quick e-mail with a thought/detail about the same topic…we were always on the same page
Intangibles. Patient, integrity, strive for perfection, selfless, heart for others all describe Rick’s actions. In a couple moments of the building process, we almost laughed in disbelief as it was clear that Rick’s true motivation for his work is to enrich the lives of his crew and homeowner. Each client’s testimonial and amazement in their faces as they step into their new home are his real trophies. Having the chance to work with someone like this has left a lasting impression on me and my family
Results, result, results.
o Utility bill on home constructed by Rick is 25% less than our last home despite Rick’s home having almost 50% more sq ft
o Project completed on schedule while accommodating a pregnant family, juggling difficult weather, etc
o Project completed on tight budget. Rick’s initial budget was honest + he managed every area of the budget during construction as if we had signed a shared savings type agreement
o No material items noted for final punch list to move in + our “live in the house for six months” punch list continues to be immaterial
o Quality of the house has been equally complemented by friends, family and neighbors alike. We attended a neighborhood event the other day with the primary topic of discussion as what house and is yours and how was your building experience (relatively new neighborhood with several high end homes constructed). We could not have been more proud to share stories of how amazing the building experience is with Rick + the chance to see excitement it in people’s eyes when they realized which house was ours
Now that our house is completed, my wife and I better understand why Rick is the “coincidence” or common denominator behind the two houses around Baton Rouge we’d admired before we met Rick. In my opinion, there are few builders who can improve upon what’s been draw in plans or in some cases pull of what could not be expressed on paper. Nevertheless, Rick has an uncanny ability to turn homeowners’ thoughts and dreams into reality in the field. A good friend of mine made custom fireplace mantels for several high end builders in Baton Rouge. As one of the final subs on the project, he had a great “insider” testimony for what builders ended up delivering on initial promises to homeowners throughout the project. I assure you that Rick Vinyard and his team not only start strong, but even more importantly finish strong…the same great builder you meet in the first meeting will be there through the end.
In closing, if you chose to work with Rick, you will be amazed not only by the final product, but also just as special, the fond memories of the journey to get there. My wife and I to this day feel we are merely caretakers of someone else’s home that couldn’t be ours as Rick’s work is beyond our wildest dreams. It is with all hope that this testimony gives you a true glimpse of all that he and his team has done for our family.